You Won’t Believe How Much Delta Is Now Offering Passengers to Give Up Their Seats
To say that United Airlines has not been having the greatest year would be a massive understatement. First, they made headlines when they didn’t allow two teen girls to board their flight for wearing leggings, claiming they violated the employee travel pass on which they were flying’s dress code. Then came the ultimate PR nightmare when they called in security to forcibly drag a passenger off an overbooked flight after no one volunteered to give up their seat in exchange for the $800 United was offering. Delta Airlines has now come forward with the ultimate rebuttal to United’s recent drama: an unbelievably high compensation for passengers willing to give up their seats.
Delta employees have been given the green light to offer as much as $9,950 per seat, according to an internal memo obtained by the Associated Press. That’s right: While regular agents will now be able to offer passengers $2,000 (up from their prior offer of $800), supervisors can go up to a whopping $9,950 (a HUGE increase from the previous $1,350 maximum).
It’s a much higher number than is legally mandated: As stated by the US Department of Transportation, anyone who is bumped involuntarily and rebooked for a flight arriving one to two hours later than the original is legally entitled to 200 percent of their one-way ticket cost ($675 max) and anyone arriving more than two hours after gets 400 percent ($1,350 max).
Although regularly overbooking flights may seem like a counterintuitive practice, it’s standard in the airline industry and, in the end, it all comes down to how the situation is handled. It’s something Delta already seemed to have mastered, even prior to its new monetary compensations, as it “got more passengers to give up their seats than any other US airline” last year. Given the new hike in monetary funds for passengers, we don’t see that changing any time soon. (Just don’t expect them to be handing out thousands on the reg.)
As for United, the company has also made some much-needed changes to its policy to ensure that the Dr. Dao fiasco will never happen again: They’re requiring crew members who need seats to book them at least 60 minutes before departure, so that the process of asking passengers to give up their spots can happen long before boarding in a (hopefully) more orderly way.
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(h/t Refinery29; photo via Joe Raedle/Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)